5 Women-Focused Charities That Deserve Your Attention On Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday, November 30, is on the horizon, and with it some serious opportunities to make a difference.
Giving Tuesday (sometimes called #GivingTuesday) was established in 2012 as a day to do good. Five days after Thanksgiving and right before the holiday season, #GivingTuesday presents us with a chance to give back to the people, organizations, and charities needing it the most.
This year, there is an overwhelming need for donors at every level. Corporate giving in 2020 fell by $16.88 billion, meaning that it’s up to us to meet the needs of the sick, impoverished, or afflicted all over the world.
Women-focused charities, in particular, are poorly represented, making up only 3.4% of all charitable organizations. To make matters worse, only 1.6% of all giving actually goes to women and girls. If you’re interested in giving to a nonprofit this year, contributing to women-focused charities could make a powerful impact on a very needful group.
Finding a charity that fits your vision and goals isn’t always easy, and with a history of not-so-charitable scandals in the past, it can be hard to make the right call. Below are five of the most supportive charities for women and their families, each segmented into a different type of need, goal, or vision.
Abby's House (Homelessness)
Abby’s House is one of the thousands of women-focused homeless shelters located in the U.S. It’s considered to be one of the first homeless shelters for women ever established in America, and today it is the largest shelter in Worcester, Massachusetts. The program currently offers shelter, housing, and advocacy programs to thousands of women per year.
I strongly suggest using a tool like Charity Navigator to find women-focused homeless shelters in your area. Donating in this way gives back to your local community and provides a safe place for women and their children to stay while rebuilding their lives.
Fistula Foundation (Health Care)
Women without access to high-quality health care during pregnancy may experience the life-stopping diagnosis of fistula. Not only does this create enormous barriers in their everyday lives, but it may ostracize them from friends, family members, and even their communities.
The Fistula Foundation operates in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia, delivering life-changing surgeries that cost less than $600 per woman. The charity has been the leading provider of these surgeries since 2009, with 15 times the surgeries with only five times the revenue.
Focusing on Africa and sub-Saharan communities, Camfed provides high-quality educational services for women and girls without the appropriate access. To date, the organization works in 6,787 partner schools in roughly 161 districts. Research shows that every graduate goes on to support three or more new students, creating a multiplier effect of dramatic proportions.
According to the website, a donation of $150 can support a girl’s schooling for an entire year. Even modest donations of around $10 can supply sanitary wear for two semesters.
More than 70 million people worldwide have been forced to vacate their homes in the past few years, with women representing half of all refugees. Children of displacement often struggle to readjust in their new environments, both socially and academically.
GirlForward focuses on girls grades 9-12 who may have been victims of war, displacement, or resettlement. Three unique programs were developed to meet needs: educational support, ongoing mentorship, and safe spaces. Camps and other events are run every month to support girls at each grade level.
MicroLoan Foundation (Business)
The MicroLoan Foundation believes that women should be empowered to start their own businesses right where they’re at. By providing microloans and financial education to struggling women in sub-Saharan Africa, families are empowered to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.
Make no mistake: Contributing to a charity, women-focused or not, is a big deal. Whether you gave $10 or $100, know that your sacrifice is more than appreciated. In the words of Joan Marques, “It’s easier to take than to give. It’s nobler to give than to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime.” We hope you’ll make a decision to care deeply for women around the world in whatever capacity you are led to.